Ricky Gervais will host the Golden Globes for the second year in a row on January 15, and he wants us to know that he's learned "nothing at all" from last year's outrage about his jokes at the stars' expense. He also says this "WILL be [his] last turn as host. At least for a long time anyway."
"I did it twice because I wanted to improve on the first year's performance. I think I did that," Gervais, who says he's still in the midst of preparing for this year's ceremony, writes in the Huffington Post today
But Gervais, who's also been busy debating religious fundamentalists
on Twitter, says that he didn't slam Charlie Sheen, The Tourist
(gasp!), Robert Downey Jr. and Sex and the City 2
because he enjoys offending celebrities.
He did it for us
"I did it by realising a crucial fact about award shows. They
are f***ing boring unless you are winning an award. Celebrate yourselves
by all means. Take yourselves as seriously as you want and hand each
other prizes. But don't televise it unless there's something in it for
the viewers. An award show is not a spectator sport. I tried to make it
one. I made a choice. Please the 200 most privileged people in the
world, in the room, or please the 200 million ordinary people watching
around the world on TV? I chose the latter."
And this year, we can expect no fewer jabs at the stars, their films and their lives. The backlash at his harshness last year hasn't fazed Gervais in the slightest.
"It wasn't a particularly brave decision as things like that don't really affect me either way," he writes of his material last year. "I don't really count them as part of my oeuvre. They are outside my career so to speak. I host the Golden Globes, like some businessmen play golf. For pleasure. Then, Monday morning, I'm back at work. I don't have to worry about what I say based on who might give me a job one day. If I think it's funny, and/or true, I'll say it. [...] What have I learned from last year's outrage? Nothing at all. Ha ha. Happy New Year."
In his post, Gervais also gives an account of his history with the Globes, and the doors that opened for him after The Office
(UK) took home a surprise win for best sitcom in 2004. "It all started for me in America at the Globes I guess. And now I've come full circle," he writes. Which is why Gervais will likely be kind to his employer for the evening, the Hollywood Foreign Press. But that doesn't mean he will be to their famous attendees.
And we can't wait to see what he comes up with after the year that these people had
. The 69th annual Golden Globes air January 15 at 8pm ET/5pm PT on NBC.